Hello and welcome to my portfolio! My name is Sode Smith and I am a freshman at Davidson College. I am an intended Political Science Major and Hispanic Studies Minor. This portfolio is a way to showcase my work from throughout the semester, so please enjoy!
Guidelines: this portfilio ecnompases the year-long class of Humanities: Connections and Conflict. The portfolio will give you insight on the humanities, revolutions, and what it means to be human/study the human condition. Like most, I started the class with many preconceived notions about what we might study, but I was very wrong. I have learned there is no such thing as a universal human experience and that every culture represents themselves in distinct ways. Each tab will take you through my year-long journey. I have experienced new ideas, explored entirely new cultures, and grown as a learner/ critical thinker. To help bring these different aspects of the course together, I am using the theme of identity and who gets to control the narrative. I will explore this guiding questions: what does it mean to be human and how is this inherently exclusive? What role does identity play in determining who gets to control narratives?
All of my writing and projects will interact with these themes, shedding new light on these issues and proposing ways in which we can try to fix the issue of a single, exclusive narrative of human experience. I will be exploring individual, as well as collective identity throughout the portfolio with a focus on who is not included.
I have made many realizations about identity this semester and there is a clear arc of knowledge regarding the humanities. Most importantly, I discovered that the human experience is based of a largely Eurocentric narrative, which perpetuates the idea of a universal human experience. In order to fully understand the human experience, we must explore identities and thought-processes throughout different cultures, thus allowing a new narrative to form regarding the human experience.
I hope you enjoy my work! I would also like to acknowledge all of the Humanities faculty who helped me grow throughout the year, as well as the fellows who guided my learning process as well. Thank you!